2019 All-Idaho Basketball Players of the Year
GIRLS FIRST TEAM
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: BAILEE OWENS, SHOSHONE
Why she is player of the year: A four-year starter for the state champs, the 5-foot-6 senior wing was a threat draining 3s or banging down low in the post. Her multifaceted offensive game allowed her to take over whenever she needed to as she averaged 15.3 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.8 steals.
Coach’s comment: “Bailee did everything for us. She was our leading scorer, leading rebounder and can bring the ball up the floor against presses,” Shoshone coach Tim Chapman said.
What others are saying: “Bailee is a threat from every spot on the court. She can post up against much larger opponents, yet also hurt you with her outside shot,” Valley coach Jamie Kohtz said.
What’s next: Owens plans to study fashion design at Arizona’s Mesa Community College.
CIERRA HENNINGS, SHOSHONE
The co-Snake River Valley Conference Player of the Year with Owens, the two formed an unstoppable duo for Shoshone. The 5-5 senior point guard ran the offense and killed teams with her penetration, averaging 11.6 points, 4.2 assists and 4.2 steals.
INDIA PEERY, PRAIRIE
A second-team selection last year, the 5-6 junior guard graduates to the first team this season. She had a hand in everything for the Pirates with 13.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.3 steals and 2.8 assists to lead Prairie to the state semifinals.
JORDYN HIGGINS, PRAIRIE
The 5-6 senior point guard served as Prairie’s leader on and off the floor. A second-team pick a year ago, she made the first team this season while stuffing the stat sheet with 14.0 points, 4.3 assists, 4.3 steals and 3.1 rebounds a game.
BAILEY LESEMAN, GENESEE
The Bulldogs made a surprise run to the state finals in large part thanks to the 5-7 sophomore guard. When she caught fire, she could carry Genesee past anyone. She averaged 13.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.1 steals a night.
COACH OF THE YEAR: TIM CHAPMAN, SHOSHONE
The 28-year coach of the Indians won his 500th game and second state title this winter.
14.2 ppg, 8.3 reb, 3.7 stl
19.3 ppg, 5.6 stl, 3.5 ast
11.1 ppg, 12.1 reb, 2.8 blk
11.7 ppg, 4.7 reb, 2.7 stl
16.2 ppg, 12.3 reb, 3.3 blk